L., Mant. 27 (1767).
Synonymy: G. cuspidatus Jacq., Icon. Pl. Rar. 2:t. 257 (1795).
Common name: Wild gladiolus.
Perennial 40-80 cm high; corm 2-3 cm diam., often producing numerous minute subterranean bulbils; leaves 3-6, narrowly sword-shaped, 25-75 cm long, 5-15 mm wide, flat, glabrous, with several prominent veins.
Spike straight, erect, distichous or less often one-sided, 3-8-flowered; spathe bracts narrowly lanceolate, acuminate, 4-6 cm long; flowers narrowly funnel-shaped, cream to white with a blue-green tinge; perianth tube exserted, hardly curved, 5-7 cm long, confluent with the lobes; lobes ovate with long-acuminate spreading or recurved tips with undulate margins, subequal, 4-6 cm long; dorsal lobe the largest and slightly hooded; anthers 7-8 mm long, dark; style branches oblanceolate, more or less exceeding the anthers.
A former garden plant locally naturalised along roadsides, creeks and other moist habitats.
S.Aust.: EP, NL, MU, SL, KI. W.Aust.; N.S.W.; Vic.; Tas. Native to South Africa.
Flowering time: Nov. — Jan.
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